Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Something new for me!

Here is something different for me! While I was out in blogland I ran across some fantastic Art Journals that I just fell in love with. I never gave mixed media art a second thought because I just figured that wasn't really my thing and I wasn't sure if I could get that "messy" look to look good. But when I saw an art journal post on Linda Heavens blog who is normally an AWESOME card maker. I love her coloring, it's beautiful.  Her cards are always clean and well put together without a lot of clutter. Well anyways, I saw some great projects that Linda had done and decided to give it a try.

So getting started, I went through my stash I didn't have much in terms of mixed media art. At least I thought I didn't!!!  Well, once you get going in MMA you will find all sorts of things in your house that can be used to help you create!! 

A few years back I was dabbling in alot of painting on pots. Alot of Donna Dewberry things. I think everybody I know had a painted pot that year! LOL I really enjoyed doing them, not sure why I stopped. I just need more hours in a day I guess. Well I had loads of paints from then.  Then I looked around the house some more and found all sorts of cool things like screen, bubble wrap, fabric, old templates, stencils...etc. But of course I felt I just HAD to have some new mediums to play with. So I picked up some NeoColor crayons, Faber-Castell Pitt Pens,  Gelatos and I am patiently waiting on my Panpastells to arrive! lol That doesn't include all the new stamps that I have picked up. Yikes..what was I thinking. I should have just picked up one of my many magnolias and colored until the m.m.a idea passed!! LOL

The next thing I did was take a "She Art" class by Christy Tomlinson.  She does some beautiful things and she has loads of youtube videos out there. The class is wonderful and informative and gets you thinking about all those things you can use laying around your house or at your local goodwill!  Here is my first "She Art" inspired piece.

I started out small. This is only a 5x7 canvas art board. I used an old sewing pattern for the background. See the McCalls in the upper lefthand corner? They make great backgrounds because they go on well and create lots of texture with the crinkles! Then I started laying on some paint, stamps and some texture with modeling paste.  I made the little girl with a page from an old book I had and the dress is from some scraps I had laying around, it's MME.  I did a quick search online for a cute little saying I liked and Voila. 

It's different - this mixed media art. But I kinda like it.  Some of it looks way to messy for me, but I like the fact that I can just layer on colors or papers or whatever I want and there is no right or wrong. If you don't like something you did, grab some gesso and layer again. It's fun and relaxing. Kinda like doodling is for me.  I'm sure you will be seeing some more projects using mixed media art from me in the future!

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Cher~ said...

OMGoodness. I love this completely. Love the colors and the patterned paper as a background. She is ADORABLE!

Hlora said...

Tracy, it looks fantastic! Love the bright colours and all the stamping you used here - GREAT job!!

Chrissy said...

Great colours Tracy, looks like real oil painting..really clever.


Lisette Morris said...

Tracy!! So cool!! This is totally you!! I'm waiting to see that flower though!!

Christina C. said...

This is very "artsy"....lovely sentiment! It's nice to experiment with something new once in a while.
Look forward to more!

Christine aka blankiefinder said...

This is fantastic, Tracy! I love it!

cabio's craft corner said...

Mixed Media is not my type of arts too, but I have to tell you Tracy, your creation is so very cool :o)

Sandy said...

This is very neat Tracy - very artsy for sure!! I like it a lot!!

Anniebee said...

Hey, girl!! This is AWESOME! I like it waaaay more than kinda! I used to do all kinds of different stuff before I started papercrafting but it's all gone by the wayside since then. I was tickled to see that you stopped by my blog tonight. Glad you liked my card too. It's one of the Tilda's you sent me, of course! I still have a few left. :o)


Wendy Ramlakhan said...

Oh WOW...this is so cool. You are so creative Tracy, I would have never thought to use an old sewing pattern. I really love this it's so ARTSY!!


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